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Valuation Fraud Risk Jumps in First Quarter

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Risk of fraud in property valuations spiked in the first quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by risk analytics firm Interthinx. Analysts for Interthinx attribute the increase in valuation fraud risk to a rise in buyers purchasing and listing multiple properties in the same neighborhood.

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Mortgage Fraud Rises in 2013, Continuing Trend

For the second straight year, Washington, D.C., is the place lenders are most likely to encounter mortgage fraud, according to the annual Mortgage Fraud Risk Report released by Interthinx. This continues the rising trend in fraud risk observed over the past three years as inventories shrink, prices rise, and markets stabilize.

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California Leads Mortgage Fraud Risk in Q1

In its latest quarterly Mortgage Fraud Risk Report, Interthinx revealed first-quarter mortgage fraud risk was up 1 percent over last quarter and was unchanged from the same quarter in 2012. California was the riskiest state in the nation, boasting a mortgage fraud risk index of 125. In addition, four of the top 10 riskiest ZIP codes and five of the top 10 riskiest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)--including Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, the top riskiest metro--call the Golden State home.

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Interthinx: Mortgage Fraud Risk Edges Up in 2012, Moves East

According to Interthinx's yearly Mortgage Fraud Risk Report--based on analysis of loan applications processed throughout 2012 by Interthinx's FraudGUARD system--the 2012 Annual Mortgage Fraud Index was 150, a 3.4 percent rise from 2011's index reading of 145. While the East housed more risky states last year, the West was home to two of the riskiest--Nevada and Arizona, which ranked first and third in terms of risk, respectively.

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Interthinx: Mortgage Fraud Risk Climbs to Highest Level Since 2009

In the fourth quarter of last year, the risk of mortgage fraud elevated to the highest level since 2009, Interthinx reported Tuesday. According to the company's Mortgage Fraud Risk Report, the mortgage fraud risk index climbed to 159, representing a 16 percent increase from Q3 2012 and 9 percent increase from Q4 2011. Interthinx pinpointed the source of the increase to a surge in property valuation fraud risk, which rose 25 percent from Q3.

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Mortgage Fraud Decreases in Q3, but Looms Large in Certain Areas

The national mortgage fraud index fell to the lowest level in two years after spiking in the previous quarter, according to data from Interthinx. The mortgage fraud index dropped to 137 in the third quarter of this year, down 7.7 percent from the previous quarter and 4.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago. The number of metropolitan areas in the very high risk category also declined, falling to 70 in the third quarter from 91 in the second quarter. But, just two states--California and Florida-- accounted for more than half of the very high risk metros.

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Riskiest Places for Mortgage Fraud: Interthinx

After remaining steady in the first quarter of the year, the Interthinx Mortgage Fraud Risk Index rose again in the second quarter, climbing about 7 percent over the three-month period. Nevada and Arizona are the riskiest two states, followed by Florida, New Jersey, and Georgia, which made its way to the top five list for the first time since Interthinx began tracking mortgage fraud in 2009. Georgia took the place of California, which has been on the top five list since the inception of the index, according to Interthinx.

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